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Tips & Tools Weekly (Vol. 14, No. 36)

12 Oct, 2009 By: Cadalyst Staff


This Week's Software Tips

Quickly Hide the Ribbon Using a Custom Keyboard Shortcut
CAD manager Richard Alexander shows us how to customize keyboard shortcuts in AutoCAD. "I like to quickly capture the space that the ribbon takes up, so I developed a keyboard shortcut. I chose Ctrl+3, but you can choose your own combination of keys. To create the shortcut, use the CUI command, scroll down to Keyboard Shortcuts, and then to Shortcut Keys." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Change Initial Setup Profiles in AutoCAD 2010
Frequent tipster Leonid Nemirovsky shares a tip on creating new Initial Setup workspaces in AutoCAD 2010. "If for some reason Initial Setup (a new feature in 2010) is not the one you need for a particular job (for example, it was set as Civil and you need Structural settings), then open the Options window (any way you prefer), browse to the User Preferences tab, and select the Initial Setup button at the bottom left corner of the dialog box." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Find the Volume of an Object
Leonid Nemirovsky also discusses Measuregeom, a tool that allows you to take volume and other measurements of your line work or object. "Type Measuregeom at the Command prompt and a very handy measuring tool is at your disposal. Select the type of data you want to find, and follow the onscreen instructions." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

Shortcuts to Windows Explorer Folders
Steven LaKose gives us two small LISP routines that will automatically open to very important Windows Explorer folders from inside AutoCAD. "To use these routines, load them and then type ECD (Explore Current Directory) or EASD (Explore Automatic Save Directory) to start the commands. ECD is very handy when you are nested multiple levels deep and need an Explorer window to view the current folder." View the complete tip and post your feedback.

And More Tips!
Following are this week's reminders, tidbits, and miscellaneous updates from the Cadalyst Tip Patrol.

Underlaying PDFs in AutoCAD 2010: In addition to referencing/underlaying xrefs, raster, DGN, and DWF files, AutoCAD 2010 can underlay PDF files. Attached/underlayed PDF files can be faded or clipped, and Snap to Underlays can be turned on. Look in the ribbon under the Insert tab.

Submit Your Tip

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  • Submit only code and other tips that are your original work (or provide the original source so we can include proper credit).
  • Tell us which software version you use.

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Got Feedback? To share feedback about one of today's tips, navigate to the tip using the link provided above, then click Comment. The Comment tool is available to registered users of Cadalyst's CAD Tips site.

Tips & Tools Weekly software tips for AutoCAD are reviewed by Cadalyst staff and the Tip Patrol before publication. Use all tips at your own discretion, please. We're sorry, but editors and Tip Patrol members cannot provide assistance with technical problems; please refer to Cadalyst's Hot Tip Harry-Help discussion forum for assistance with AutoLISP and other AutoCAD customization questions.

Sincere thanks to our volunteer Tip Patrol members: Brian Benton, Don Boyer,
Mitchell Hirschklau, R.K. McSwain, and Billy Wooten.

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Resources

CIMdata Announces New Review of Siemens Teamcenter Express
CIMdata, a PLM consulting and research firm, announced the availability of a new program review of Teamcenter Express, a Siemens PLM Software collaborative product definition management (cPDm) solution. The program review provides an overall description as well as CIMdata’s assessment of the Teamcenter Express program for the PLM market.

Roland DGA Debuts New Web Site
Roland DGA, a developer of wide-format printers, 3D laser scanners, and touch probe scanners, has launched a redesigned web site featuring advanced navigation tools, easy access to information, and web 2.0 functionality including links to Roland on social networking sites such as Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr. With the new site, Roland has integrated all products into one comprehensive view so customers can quickly browse through the full line of Roland technologies.

SIS Announces Checkpoint Collection Guide
Service and support provider Spatial Information Solutions announced the availability of “Image Accuracy Checkpoint Collection Guide.” This white paper uses text, pictures, and a table to address a series of topics including introduction to photogrammetry, ground control points and ground checkpoints, and photogrammetric targets. The 15-page document is available for a free download.

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Deals & Freebies

Free 2D/3D CAD Software With Commercial Benefits
CAD Schroer Group, an engineering software provider, announced the launch of an eSERVICES platform for users of the free MEDUSA4 Personal 2D/3D CAD software. If you are already using their free CAD software, you can now join this new service and pay a small fee to distribute the CAD designs commercially. The software enables users to use a professional-grade drafting system for business use of any resulting designs.

New Versions of AccuRender nXt Now Available
The next AccuRender/Flamingo (nXt) is under development. It is completely new technology and Robert McNeel & Associates needs feedback from a wide range of users. AccuRender nXt for AutoCAD 32- and 64-bit is still in development and has many recent enhancements. The work-in-progress version is free for users.

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Opportunities & Honors

MagnaFlow Receives Autodesk Inventor of the Month
For helping reduce the overall environmental impact of automobiles, MagnaFlow is being recognized by Autodesk as the Autodesk Inventor of the Month for September 2009. The company's exhaust systems boost engine performance by expelling exhaust gases quicker than a standard exhaust system. This creates less workload for the engine, making it run more efficiently.

Constructech Magazine Announces the 2009 Vision Award Winners
Constructech magazine honored the 2009 Vision Award winners during a ceremony at the fourth annual Technology Day conference. The Constructech Vision Awards honor companies that have realized the advantages of applying innovative technologies to their everyday businesses as well as the technology enablers that have helped them achieve their goal. The list of winners is available at Constructech.com.

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Mastering Revit 2009 book by Paul F. Aubin

Books & Training

Cadapult Publishes 2010 Civil 3D Training Book
Cadapult Software, an Autodesk authorized publisher, announces the release of the company's newest training book for AutoCAD Civil 3D, Digging Into AutoCAD Civil 3D 2010. This new book walks readers through a complete, real-world project using AutoCAD Civil 3D. Topics include importing GIS data and survey points, and inserting rectified raster images.

SolidProfessor Releases Update Training 2010 for SolidWorks
SolidProfessor, a SolidWorks Solution Partner, unveiled its 2010 Series of on-demand SolidWorks content beginning with Update Training 2010. Lessons cover all of the fundamental changes to sketching, parts, features, assemblies, detailing, drawings, sheet metal, and weldments. New to this release are lessons for SolidWorks Premium add-ins, such as routing and simulation.

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Expert CAD Manager book by Robert Green

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Mark Your Calendar

Solid Edge Huntsville Area Regional Meeting
October 14, 2009
Huntsville, Alabama
Join fellow Solid Edge users and sharpen your design skills, learn about synchronous technology, take home some new tips and tricks, and meet the Solid Edge support team during this event from PLM World. Read more

Introduction to Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0
October 26–30, 2009
Portland, Oregon
This course, from training provider TriStar, is designed for new users who want to become proficient with Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0. Read more

ESPRIT World Conference 2010
May 18–21, 2010
Long Beach, California
ESPRIT World Conference 2010 marks the unveiling of the latest version of the ESPRIT CAM software. ESPRIT customers, DP Technology staff, and distinguished guests will gather to learn the nuts and bolts of ESPRIT 2011. Read more

For a complete list of CAD meetings, conferences, training sessions, and more, check out our calendar of events on Cadalyst.com. Are you hosting an event that you would like to include in our calendar? Submit details at least two weeks in advance to news@cadalyst.com.

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What's New at Cadalyst.com

Autodesk Discontinues Stand-Alone ImageModeler Sales
Beginning in November, ImageModeler 2009 software and ImageModeler 2009 upgrades can only be purchased in combination with other Autodesk software. Read more

GIS E-Book Serves as Guidebook to the Future
ESRI's latest collection of essays explores the application of GIS to an array of challenges, as well as the ongoing evolution of the technology. Read more

solidThinking 8.0 Puts Emphasis on Creativity for Industrial Designers
3D modeling and rendering solution delivers restyled user interface and other new features including optional Inspired module for generating design options inspired by nature. Read more

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About the Author: Cadalyst Staff

Cadalyst Staff

AutoCAD Tips!

Lynn Allen

Autodesk Technical Evangelist Lynn Allen guides you through a different AutoCAD feature in every edition of her popular "Circles and Lines" tutorial series. For even more AutoCAD how-to, check out Lynn's quick tips in the Cadalyst Video Gallery. Subscribe to Cadalyst's free Tips & Tools Weekly e-newsletter and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!
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